Jane Fronappel, 78, of Lake Wales, Fla., died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, of heart failure.
She was born Aug. 14, 1934, in Salamanca, N.Y., and retired to Lake Wales, 20 years ago from Jamestown, N.Y.
She was an elementary school librarian, “Although I’ve never had children of my own, I’ve had a thousand kids a year for 35 years!” She was a member of the Jamestown Teachers Association, a life member of the National Education Association, Delta Kappa Gamma and the American Association of University Women in Jamestown and Lake Wales Branch 3013. She served on the board of directors for the Jamestown Teachers Credit Union. In the summers she traveled extensively in Europe and the United States, which inspired her love of art.
Upon her move to Lake Wales, she took up painting and quickly became a celebrity as an artist and leader in the local arts community. She became very active in the Lake Wales Arts Center, organized the gallery displays at Lake Wales’ City Hall and Li-brary, and was a member of the Frostproof Arts League.
Her other passion was literacy, serving with the Lake Wales Literacy Coun-cil and the Spelling Circus. Jane rarely missed a Chamber “After Hours” and was always happy to meet new people and welcome them to town.
She is survived by her sister, Mary L. Austin of Lake Wales; a nephew, Todd Austin, and his wife, Helen, of New Braunfels, Texas; and great-nieces: Christina Clark and Olivia Austin.
She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Otto “Web” Austin; and a niece, Kim.
A visitation will be held Friday, Jan 25, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 10 a.m. at her church, the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit, with a reception to follow in the Parish Center. Inurnment will be made at Cal-vary Cemetery in Salaman-ca.
Memorials of remembrance may be made to Lake Wales Care Center 140 E. Park Ave., Lake Wales, FL 33853; or to the Humane Society of Polk County 555 Sage Road, Winter Haven, FL 33884.